Are horses to old to train? (Walk on a Lead Rope, Break to ride...etc)
Hey everyone. I am brand new to horses (yes I already said idiot) and just like the idiot I am, I went out and purchased a 9 year old Belgian Mare. Well, I was told she had very little training, but would walk on a lead rope, stand tied, loves to get baths, etc.... I know its going to be a challenge and Im not giving up yet, Just wanting some suggestions and pointers.
When meeting her at her farm for the first time, she was great. She walked up to the gate on a lead rope to get cookies.... She allowed me to pick up her feet, I tossed the lead rope across her back, just to see if she was spooky at all. She did great. I didnt really know what else to try with her. So I came home, thought about it for a while. Called them back today and had them bring her over. So I let her stay in the pasture for a few hours. She was kinda dirty and I wanted to give her a bath (since I was told she would, walk ok on a lead rope, stand tied and love to get baths....I figured it would be a great bonding experience for us (BOY WAS I WRONG)
1) She didnt really walk very well on a lead rope.
2) She was ok with the water, being sprayed on her (i did everything VERY slowly)
3) Once she backed up, she felt pressure on her head and she took another step back and snapped her halter.
Needless to say, it didnt go over very well and I was getting frustrated. So I took her back to the pasture and walked away. I dont want to work with her when I am frustrated. I wasnt frustrated with her, I was just frustrated that apparently I wasnt told the entire truth about her.
So I walked away and found this place.
I am thinking that I am going to have to start off from Scratch, walking her around on a lead rope. She seems to walk in circles just fine, but walking forward on the rope is another thing.......
Any suggestions or Ideas (p.s. I know I probably shouldnt have purchased her, however, please dont yell at me for that.....Just give me some advice so I can ensure the both of us can live together happy)